The women’s soccer team ended its double overtime contest against the Newman University Jets in a 2-2 tie Friday, Oct. 18. The Ichabods forced overtime after being down a point nearing the end of regulation.
Newman University started the game strong with the kickoff and great ball control, avoiding the Ichabods at every turn. Washburn earned a corner kick shortly after but got blocked – stopping a potential lead.
The Jets forward scored off a grounded shot to the left of the goalie with 41 minutes left in the half. Washburn answered back when forward Josie Rimmer scored on a free kick outside the goal box. The first half ended with a tied score and six shots on goal by the Ichabods, two more than the Jets.
Washburn was able to fight off the Jets with the help of their goalie in the second half. Raegan Wells had a total of 12 saves, seven more than Newman University. The Jets’ forward takes a shot and gets deflected by Raegan, but the Jets quickly responded and their defender scored off the block. This put the Ichabods in a tight spot with only 15 minutes left in the game.
With five minutes remaining, the Ichabods had a free kick taken by Whitney Bockover. Paige Ledesma scored off a beautiful assist from Bockover, tying the game and pushing it into overtime.
Washburn started overtime with possession trying to finish the game early and put one away. The Newman midfielder got a yellow card and Washburn was able to take a free kick on the Jets half. The ball went over the goal and the first overtime ended with the score still tied.
Tensions ran high as the second overtime started with the Ichabods having a corner kick. It gets cleared by the defense and sent back to the middle of the field lowering the Ichabods chances to score. The game ends with a tied score of 2-2. Washburn stayed together and was able to avoid a loss against Newman University.
Rimmer, forward and kinesiology major, scored the first goal for the Ichabods in the first half. Rimmer felt like the team came together in the end to prevent a loss against the Jets, but still wanted a win instead of a tie.
“We played a lot better in the second half and we came back. If we were more technical on the ball and our passes were better, moving up the field would’ve helped us execute the ball better,” said Rimmer.
Edited by Adam White, Jada Johnson, Wesley Tabor, Jessica Galvin